International Mobile Standards Body Open Mobile Alliance Elects

International Mobile Standards Body Open Mobile Alliance Elects New
Technical Plenary Chair 
Francesco Vadala of Telecom Italia to Lead Technical Work Program at
LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/14/12 --   The Open Mobile
Alliance announced today that they have elected Francesco Vadala of
Telecom Italia as Chairman to their Technical Plenary. In addition,
Kepeng Li of Huawei has been elected Technical Plenary Vice-chairman
and will join Francesco Vadala along with Technical Plenary
Vice-chairman Roland Hechwartner of T-Mobile in leading the Technical
Work Program at the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA). 
"I look forward to working with Francesco Vadala in his new role at
OMA as Technical Plenary Chair," said Mark Cataldo, OMA Board Chair.
"OMA has a vibrant work program that drives the creation of our
interoperable mobile data services across networks worldwide, and the
entire OMA membership supports Francesco as he leads this work
program into 2013 and beyond." 
An experienced telecom engineer, Francesco Vadala has been working
for cellular network operators for more than 10 years in different
areas of expertise involving innovation, technical strategy and R&D.
Since 2007 he has been working in the Service Layer and Messaging
Innovation department of Telecom Italia where he analyses emerging
technologies and coordinates standards activities in the areas of
service layer such as messaging, service exposure, architectures for
mobile applications and service delivery and social networks. He
helps to create and refine standards strategies in support of
deployment plans and roadmap evolution for the service layer, driving
strategic and tactical interests in industry consortia and
organizations, as well as acting as a consultancy for Telecom
Italia's partner operators. At OMA, he has been serving as Chairman
of the Requirements Working Group since March 2009 and Vice-Chairman
of the Technical Plenary since December 2010. 
"I am honored to serve as OMA Technical Plenary Chair," stated
Francesco Vadala, "and I look forward to continuing the good work
done at OMA over the past 10 years. The services ecosystem has
changed significantly in recent years, with OTT players becoming
increasing relevant to the consumer and smartphones shifting focus
from the network to downloadable applications. This is a crucial
challenge that OMA is addressing as we define the future of mobile
service enablers." 
Francesco Vadala takes over as Technical Plenary Chair from out-going
chair Musa Unmehopa of Alcatel-Lucent at this week's OMA meetings in
Los Angeles, California, when the OMA Annual General Meeting will
also be held. 
"As the former Technical Plenary Chair myself, it has been a pleasure
working with Musa Unmehopa as Technical Plenary Chair over the past
two years at OMA," stated Mark Cataldo, OMA Board Chairman. "I speak
for the entire OMA membership when I say that his contribution to OMA
both in the technical work program and as a speaker promoting OMA
service enablers has been invaluable." 
In addition to his term as Technical Plenary Chair, Musa Unmehopa has
also served within OMA as Mobile Web Services Vice-chair, OMA
Architecture Working Group Chair and OMA Technical Plenary
Vice-chair. As Technical Plenary Chair, Musa Unmehopa oversaw the
delivery of more than 100 mobile service enabler packages in the
areas of Device Management, Content Delivery, Location and Network
APIs amongst others. 
"It has been a distinct honor and privilege to serve as an elected
officer at OMA, and I am very pleased to be able to hand over the
baton to Francesco Vadala," stated Musa Unmehopa, outgoing OMA
Technical Plenary Chair. "I am confident that he will provide strong
technical direction for OMA. OMA has a compelling value proposition,
and I look forward to many new successes for OMA under Francesco
Vadala's leadership." 
About OMA
 The Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) delivers open
specifications for creating interoperable services that work across
all geographical boundaries on any bearer network. OMA's
specifications support billions of new and existing fixed and mobile
terminals across a variety of mobile networks. Driven by the global
demand for mobile data services, the member companies of the Open
Mobile Alliance support the adoption of new and enhanced information,
communication and entertainment solutions. For additional information
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